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Bolivian nationals should be treated just as favorable as American nationals, when it comes to applying for a residence permit for self-employment.

A court ruling of 11 September 2018 confirms this in a case represented by Thomas van Houwelingen.

In this case, a Bolivian start-up applying for a permit was assessed on the basis of the general requirements for entrepreneurs. That was unjust because the Dutch-Bolivian Trade treaty states that Bolivian citizens should be treated equal to citizens of the country that enjoys the most favorable requirements. For entrepreneurs, that country is the United States of America. The IND had recognized this, but now the court has confirmed it.

This means that Bolivian nationals can obtain a residence permit as an entrepreneur on the conditions laid down in the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty (DAFT).

For more information, please contact Thomas van Houwelingen.

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